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Back to Colorado Tax Increase for Education, Amendment 66 (2013).

Colorado Commits to Kids was the organization behind Amendment 66, previously known as Initiative 22, which sought to raise income taxes to 5% for those who make less than $75,000 per year and to 5.9% for those who make more than $75,000 per year. The estimated potential revenue from this tax increase was about $950,000,000.

Colorado Commits to Kids received $5,023,815 in donations. $2,010,520 of this money was spent to successfully run the petition campaign to get the initiative on the ballot and to foster approval among voters.


A full list of those who supported Colorado Commits to Kids and the Amendment 66 initiative is available here. Below is a list of officials, former-officials, School boards and key organizations that were in favor of the "Colorado Commits to Kids" initiative.


Former officials

  • Former State Representative & State Senator Polly Baca
  • Former House Representative Fran Coleman
  • Former Governor Bill Ritter
  • Former Governor Roy Romer
  • Former State Representative & State Senator Penfield Tate

School boards

  • Dolores School District RE-4A
  • Durango School District 9-R Board of Education
  • Eagle County Schools
  • Englewood Public School District
  • Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1
  • Pueblo County School District
  • St. Vrain Valley Schools
  • Weld County School District 6 Board of Education
  • Adams County School District 14 Board of Education
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Brush School District RE-2(J)
  • Weldon Valley RE-20J


  • Colorado State University Board of Governors
  • Democrats for Education Reform – CO
  • Denver Association of Education Office Professionals
  • Denver Association of Education Office Professionals
  • Denver Early Childhood Council
  • Down to Earth Media
  • Durango Education Association
  • Early Childhood Council of Boulder County
  • Early Childhood Education Association
  • Early Childhood Summit
  • A+ Denver
  • Aurora Community of Faith
  • Aurora Education Association
  • Aurora Health Access
  • Bell Policy Center
  • Boulder Community Foundation
  • Boulder Valley Education Association
  • Boyer Coffee Company
  • Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
  • Clayton Early Learning
  • Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Colorado Association of School Boards
  • Colorado Association of School Executives
  • Colorado Center on Law and Policy
  • Colorado Children’s Campaign
  • Colorado Consumer Health Initiative
  • Colorado Education Association
  • Colorado Fiscal Institute
  • Colorado Progressive Coalition
  • Colorado PTA
  • Colorado School Medicaid Consortium
  • Colorado State Black Student Athletic Association
  • Executives Partnering to Invest in Children
  • Fields Wolfe Memorial Fund
  • Great Education Colorado
  • Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
  • Jefferson County Education Association
  • League of Women Voters of Colorado
  • Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers
  • Mile High United Way
  • Mosaic Church of Aurora
  • One Colorado
  • Padres y Jovenes Unidos
  • ProgressNow Colorado
  • Public Education & Business Coaltion (PEBC)
  • Rocky Mountain Farmers Union
  • Rosemary Rodriguez
  • Stand for Children Colorado
  • Summer Scholars
  • The House Worship Center
  • Together Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital
  • Youth Empowering Social Action

Some of the chief donors in support of Amendment 66 included:

Donor Amount
National Education Association $1,000,000
Gary Investment Company $700,000
Pat Stryker $650,000
Ben Walton $500,000
Colorado Education Association $300,000
Education Reform Now $250,000
Rose Community Foundation $200,000
DaVita (a kidney dialysis company) $100,000

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